We are lucky enough to live in a fairly rural area. It is not unusual for mums to be waiting on the track behind the school car park in the afternoon with their kids ponies or horses for the ride home. Of course, they get stuck for a time in the midst of an adoring crowd of little girls begging for a pat, but an overabundance of affection is likely the most dangerous thing they will encounter on the trip.
These boys in 1943 encountered a kind of danger that no pony-riding kid would ever expect. Where on earth did an unexploded grenade come from!? Notice that the report doesn’t even mention what an unusual thing unattended ordnance is in Australia? Rockhampton is hardly a war zone!
One part of this article sounds even more strange though, the boys had a narrow escape on the way to school on a weekend? Most kids would consider a narrow miss with a grenade a fair trade if it got them out of going to school on a weekend!